Bassist, composer, and vagabond, CJ Boyd uses low-end loops and voices in order to stop time. On perpetual tour since March 2008, movement and stasis are both at the center of his music. Utilizing only upright bass, bass guitar and voice, CJ creates a distinctive meditative atmosphere. Songs slowly build from singular, meditative bass lines into explosive, layered, and hugely complex walls of sound. The upcoming album is his first since 2012, and his finest work to date.
Ko is the pseudonym of Kristin Newborn: vocalist, guitarist, and downright badass. From the age of 18, Kristin was classically trained by a religious cult show choir. No foolin'. But as fucked up as that experience must have been, Kristin emerged victorious. A native of Indianapolis by way of Los Angeles, Kristin first began writing under the name Ko in the spring of 2012, after the demise of her first group Slothpop. Shortly thereafter she enlisted Todd Heaton to play percussion for the live shows and later recordings. Ko's debut EP contains 4 songs of intricate vocal looping, heartfelt purpose, and plenty of Danelectro wall-of-sound-fuzz to boot.
Announcing "Overjoyed", the first album in 13 years from legendary punk band Half Japanese. One of the most influential bands of all time, Jad Fair and Half Japanese spearheaded the DIY and Lo-Fi movements, influencing countless bands such as Sonic Youth, Neutral Milk Hotel, Daniel Johnston, and perhaps most notably, Kurt Cobain (who ranked Half Japanese amongst his top 50 favorites, had them open the "In Utero" tour, and was wearing their t-shirt when he died). Without exaggeration, Half Japanese is one of the most important bands in the history of music. "Overjoyed" was recorded and produced by John Dieterich of Deerhoof, and ranks amongst the best albums of the band's catalog.
Sleeping Bag sounds different, you guys. On their third LP, "Deep Sleep", Dave Segedy (the group's drummer, songwriter and primary vocalist) has taken the band into heavier, more epic territory. The sunny jangling guitars and fun whistle choruses are gone; obliterated in a full on fuzz-guitar assault. Dave sings, "I want to free the dog that I am." and he means it.
Segedy's signature pop songwriting style is still in full effect, now brought to life by guitarist Tyler Smith and bassist Glenn Meyers. Tracks like "Hush" and "Wrestle" exemplify Sleeping Bag's honest, bedroom-pop approach and Malkmus-deadpan vocal delivery, but compared to the sunny disposition of the previous records "Deep Sleep" sounds downright tuff. Drenched in distortion & reverb, the album culminates with the nine-minute closer, "The Portal" - an epic shred-fest, equal parts My Bloody Valentine & Weezer "Only In Dreams". It's quite an affair.
We last heard from the boys in Memory Map with the release of their 2011 debut LP "Holiday Band". We couldn't be more excited to see them return with the release of their sophomore album "The Sky As Well As Space" on 6/10/14.
With "The Sky as Well as Space", Memory Map continue to flesh out their uniquely guitar-driven blend of indie pop. Few bands straddle song-craft and technical prowess as effortlessly as Memory Map. Using three guitars (one which cheats its way into acting as a bass), a three-piece drum kit, and vocals from all four members, Memory Map organically fuse cascading guitar lines, complex rhythms, and layered vocal harmonies into shamelessly accessible guitar pop.
In the three years since their debut, Memory Map have gained depth both in composition and production. The album simultaneously showcases the band at their most catchy ("Magnetic Center"), menacing ("Dark Freshman"), and emotional ("Order In the Waves", "Antelope Earth").
Why the three-year gap between albums you ask? Well, the delay is largely due to the popularity of a certain cat. Band member Mike Bridavsky owns and takes care of the most famous cat on the planet, Lil BUB. And because Memory Map have been so flexible in working around Lil BUB's schedule, the band is officially BUB approved.
The first installment of the Jad Fair 2014 "Artist In Residence" Box-Set is the incredible album from Jad Fair & Strobe Talbot, titled "Let's Born To Rock!".
Strobe Talbot is more or less a collective of Jad's buddies, including John Dieterich of Deerhoof, Mick Hobbs from Half-Japanese, and lo-fi legend R. Stevie Moore, among others.
Introducing Alternate Worlds, the new EP from producer/composer Son Lux. The EP reimagines four songs from Lanterns, and includes a collaboration with Lorde. These exquisite reinventions traverse unfamiliar terrain within remembered landscapes. Their world is both alien and familiar.
It should come as no surprise that after years of touring with his band Monotonix, once hailed by SPIN as the "most exciting live rock band in rock 'n' roll", that Yonatan Gat would carry that same intensity in his own act. After five successful years of playing 1000 shows spanning 40 countries and 5 continents and releasing three records on Drag City with his co-founded band, the New York-by-way-of-Tel-Aviv guitarist took some time to himself in Portugal. While there, he set out to create a solo album of a different sort of beat.
Inspired by African ensembles such as Orchestra Baobab, and the early work of Brazilian psychedelic experimentalists Os Mutantes - Gat's truly amazing talents shine out on Iberian Passage, blending his punk influences with the wild improvisational spirit of Miles Davis and Charles Mingus. Gat produced the album himself; joining forces with Portuguese drummer Igor Domingues. The raw and unique nature of the recording is augmented by the incredible versatility of the shredded guitar riffs - melted between pulsing African-inspired drums. A masterful guitarist, Gat recently won Village Voice's "Best Guitarist of 2013" with a sound he describes as "homeless between the Middle East and New York."
Kishi Bashi is the solo project of K Ishibashi: violinist, singer, and composer. The sophomore album "Lighght" (pronounced "Light") continues and expands the sound of his critically acclaimed debut, 151a - which earned Kishi Bashi the title of "Best new artist" by NPR. Since the release of 151a two years ago, Kishi Bashi has toured relentlessly, captivating audiences across the globe with his loop-based live show, and fostering a groundswell of devotees. Following stints with Regina Spector, Sondre Lerche, and of Montreal (where he was a full-time band member & co-producer), in late 2012 K decided to focus solely on his own music, and began embracing the more developed compositions and arrangements heard throughout the new album.
Many have been waiting for Mike Adams' follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut Oscillate Wisely since 2009 and we are proud to say that Best of Boiler Room Classics is definitely worth the wait. The thoughtful, hard work that went into this record has resulted in something truly special, like a Midwestern Tusk made by fun, lovable people who actually get along really well. Best of Boiler Room Classics has the subtle, earnest warmth of an album like the Clientele's Strange Geometry but with the arena-ready grandeur of ELO's Out Of The Blue. While there is an unforgettable instant catchiness to these songs, the depth of Adams' songwriting, both lyrically and musically, makes repeated listens to these timelessly brilliant songs a true delight. What if the GBV albums on TVT had been produced by Cowboy Jack Clement?What if The Wonders songs in That Thing You Do were actually performed by The Pernice Brothers? What if Dee Dee Ramone wrote "Late For The Sky" instead of Jackson Browne? What if Todd Rundgren engineered a Cass McCombs record? Find out on April 29 at your local record store!
Lewis and Addison Rogers are brothers who make pop-music together. When they do this, they go by the name Busman’s Holiday. Lewis plays guitar, and Addison plays his modest drum kit, complete with suitcase-bass-drum. Independently, the brothers have performed with artists such as Jens Lekman and Sleeping Bag. “A Long Goodbye”, the first proper album from Busman’s Holiday was recorded by Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire) and mixed by Drew Vandenberg (Toro Y Moi, Kishi Bashi). The band has been featured on WNYC’s Radiolab. RIYL: Kishi Bashi, Paul Simon, Randy Newman, Van Dyke Parks, music!
Hew Time is the all-drumming project from Dale Crover, Joe Plummer, and Coady Willis. You may know these dudes from their amazing other bands: Melvins, Modest Mouse, Big Business, The Black Heart Procession, The Shins, Murder City Devils, and... who are we forgetting... oh yes, Nirvana.
"I heard Max Roach's M'Boom 14 years ago and I've wanted to make my own version with drummers I love ever since. Dale, Coady and I carved out our own compositions built from a combination of drum kits and dozens of percussion instruments. I couldn't be prouder of the end result. Thank you for the inspiration Mr. Max Roach. It's Hew Time!" - Joe Plummer
Sisyphus is the new name for the collaboration between Serengeti, Son Lux, and Sufjan Stevens (formally s/s/s), whose new project under this moniker is a self-titled album partly inspired by the art of Jim Hodges, and commissioned by the Walker Art Center and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music series in Minneapolis/Saint Paul.
Liquid Music and the Walker Art Center will present a retrospective of Jim Hodge's work alongside a listening party of the new album in February, where fifty limited edition copies of the vinyl will be available for purchase.
Asthmatic Kitty Records and Joyful Noise Recordings will release the record more widely on March 18th, 2014.
The limited edition flexi-disc single features the never before heard track “Take The Time” (& no, this is not a Christmas song?). Longtime friends Sufjan Stevens & Cat Martino have a tradition of contributing to each other’s music. A regular member of Sufjan’s touring band, Cat Martino has contributed to Sufjan’s Christmas EPs, “All Delighted People”, and “Age of Adz”. Likewise, Sufjan has often contributed to Cat’s “Yr Not Alone” album, and rumor has it that Sufjan will participate in Cat’s anticipated “Stranger Cat” project).
“Tonight You Look Like A Spider” is the debut solo album from David Yow ? the legendary singer of The Jesus Lizard and Scratch Acid. This album is every bit as twisted and fucked-up as you’d expect from Mr. Yow. 49-minutes of nightmarish noise, created and recorded entirely by David Yow over the past decade. Originally released on vinyl-only, the CD version also includes the “Opening Suite” DVD ? a short film set to the albums opening track, collaboratively directed by Adam Harding (of Dumb Numbers), Tim Rutili (of Califone), Jared Varava, Todd Adam Phillips, & Jennifer (Jen) Lynch.
The November installment of the Joyful Noise 2013 Flexi Disc Series a new unreleased recording from Hella!
The limited edition flexi-disc single features a never before heard outtake from Hella’s 2007 album “There’s No 666 in Outer Space” (Ipecac Records). As Hella fans will probably remember, 2007 was an expansive period for the band in which they explored new sounds and branched out from the stripped-down guitar/drums duo. Though no less chaotic than early Hella, “Santa’s Little Hella” contains organs & electronics coupled with Zach Hill’s insane spastic drumming.
“Santa’s Little Hella” is limited to just 1000 copies on 7” Flexi-Disc. This exclusive track will not be released digitally or in any other format.
Featuring an array of Chicago heavyweights, this limited edition release is not your average solo album. As the album title suggests, this is a uniquely collaborative effort from a diverse group of individuals: prolific poet Marvin Tate, multi-instrumentalist (& longtime Wilco member) LeRoy Bach, Angel Olsen (Jagjaguwar Records), and Tim Kinsella (the eccentric voice behind Joan of Arc, Cap'n Jazz, Owls, & Make Believe).
Formerly the man behind Jookabox, DMA (aka David Moose Adamson) began his career as a one-man-band in the grand old tradition of the 'one-man-band' (re: man with a bass-drum on his back and a monkey clapping symbols, collecting change from the crowd etc.). Growing away from the outright-spectacle that was Jookabox, DMA gives us a more meditative, and ultimately deeper sound, perhaps best enjoyed in a sensory deprivation chamber.
Meditative but heaving with energy, Son Lux’s third full-length weaves disparate elements into songs both strange and welcoming. On the heals of being named NPR’s “Best New Artist of the Year”, Son Lux has created an album that sits as comfortably next to the compositions of Stravinsky, John Adams, David Lang and Ben Frost, as it does to those of Jamie Lidell, Björk, Flying Lotus, and Radiohead.
Sebadoh, the longtime project of Lou Barlow, Jason Loewenstein, and Bob D'Amico, has signed with Joyful Noise Recordings and willre-emerge with the full-length album Defend Yourself on September 17th. Defend Yourself marks a return to the self-recorded DIY ethos of early Sebadoh albums (Sebadoh III, Bakesale), and material from the Defend Yourself sessions has been hailed as commensurate with Sebadoh's finest moments.
For the last 19 years, The Sea And Cake has established a reputation for producing some of the most forward-thinking and downright classy indie-rock around. Their blend of unapologetic pop is in a class all it’s own, and their long tenure at Thrill Jockey Records has produced some of the best albums we’ve ever heard. It’s our privilege and honor to have The Sea And Cake participate in our Flexi-Disc series with the brand-new song “Flores”. Recorded in John McEntire’s Soma Studio, the new exclusive track picks up where last year’s album “Runner” left off. That is to say, it’s fuckin’ amazing.